The Northwest is a region full of living history, graceful cities, deep forests and a haven for athletes. The Savannah River, which is enclosed in a series of small lakes, forms the western border of the state as the “Freshwater Coast”. This collection of lakes is very popular with athletes, as it is not only great for fishing but also for hunting, golfing and other recreational activities.
The city of Clinton is located in Laurens County and is close to the well-known cities of Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg. It was first populated by two Scottish-Irish immigrants prior to the American Revolutionary War and evolved from an important railroad junction known as the Five Points. At the turn of the twentieth century, it experienced an economic boom, mainly through the textile industry. Today, the city scores with beautiful architecture, numerous shops and restaurants in the city center. A special attraction is the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, which preserves part of the Revolutionary War battlefield and the picturesque Horseshoe Falls. Also worth seeing is the orphanage “Thornwell”, which was included in the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the “Clinton Museum”, which is located in the historic “Griffin House” and documented in numerous artefacts the history of the charming small town.
The city of Laurens is located in northwest South Carolina in the same Laurens County and is also its county seat. Known as “Gateway to the Upstate”, Laurens was founded in the early 19th century and named after Henry Laurens, who became famous for his Revolutionary War. In 1824, Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States, set up a tailor’s shop on the town square, making Laurens famous for his tailor-made clothing trade. Thanks to the economic boom of 1840, the courthouse was built on the marketplace, which is now considered a local landmark. Attractions include Duckett House, dating back to 1895, which features collections and exhibits on the life of African Americans in Laurens County, Dunklin House, which is one of the oldest in the city and has been included in the National Register of Historic Places. Bethel AME Church “in neo-romanic style.
Abbeville is a small town in the same Abbeville County. It was settled and founded in 1758 by French Huguenots. The city played a crucial role during the American Civil War and is also referred to as the “Birthplace and Deathbed of the Confederacy”, where Jefferson Davis made many important decisions as President of the Confederation. The Secession Hill still commemorates this important chapter in the history of Abbeville. In the historic city center you can visit the Abbeville Opera House and the Square, which is one of the most famous attractions in the region. In addition, you should not miss to visit the historical and architectural jewel of the small town: the Burt-Stark Mansion. Abbeville has the largest building in South Carolina, the 114-meter Prysmian Copper Wire Tower.